Period
to 19 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies in Kent during the 6 months to 19 November 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Tester
South East > Kent
6 months to
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 52 45 48
Rank change year-on-year -7 +3 +8
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 10 6 16
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Kent 1.95% 1.20% 2.83%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.04% 1.23% 2.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 3 15
Kent median daily rate £425 £250 £200
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +70.00% +25.00% -27.27%
South East median daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Kent median hourly rate - - -
South East median hourly rate £12.50 £34.37 £39.37
% change year-on-year -63.63% -12.70% +152.37%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Kent. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
Kent
Contract vacancies in Kent with a recognized job title 489 487 543
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.14% 97.40% 95.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 375 333 339
Kent median daily rate £350 £350 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.70% -3.57%
10th Percentile £156 £170 £200
90th Percentile £613 £556 £488
South East median daily rate £415 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.23% +7.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 23 37
Kent median hourly rate £25.69 £16.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +55.70% -2.94% -29.17%
10th Percentile £12.80 £11.00 £9.00
90th Percentile £143.43 £51.60 £39.16
South East median hourly rate £18.00 £19.56 £18.50
% change year-on-year -7.95% +5.70% +15.63%

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in Kent

Job postings that featured Tester in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Kent.

Job vacancy trend for Tester in Kent

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Kent

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Tester in Kent.

Contractor daily rate trend for Tester in Kent

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Kent

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Tester in Kent over the 6 months to 19 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Tester in Kent

Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Kent

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Tester in Kent.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Tester in Kent

Tester
Contract Job Locations in Kent

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Tester within the Kent region over the 6 months to 19 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Chatham - 1 - -
Dover - 1 £375 -
Tester
South East

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Kent

For the 6 months to 19 November 2017, Tester contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Kent region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 7 (70.00%) Test Automation
2 6 (60.00%) Cucumber
2 6 (60.00%) Selenium
2 6 (60.00%) .NET
2 6 (60.00%) Advertising
2 6 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (50.00%) JSON
3 5 (50.00%) BDD
3 5 (50.00%) RESTful
4 4 (40.00%) TDD
4 4 (40.00%) Regression Testing
4 4 (40.00%) XML
4 4 (40.00%) C#
4 4 (40.00%) OO
4 4 (40.00%) Mobile App
4 4 (40.00%) .NET Core
5 3 (30.00%) CSS
5 3 (30.00%) HTTP
5 3 (30.00%) HTML
5 3 (30.00%) Android
5 3 (30.00%) Git (software)
5 3 (30.00%) User Acceptance Testing
5 3 (30.00%) QA
5 3 (30.00%) Apple iOS
5 3 (30.00%) Functional Testing
5 3 (30.00%) Xamarin
6 2 (20.00%) ASP.NET Web API
6 2 (20.00%) Gherkin
6 2 (20.00%) WebDriver
6 2 (20.00%) JMeter

Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in Kent by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Communications & Networking
1 3 (30.00%) HTTP
Development Applications
1 6 (60.00%) Cucumber
1 6 (60.00%) Selenium
2 3 (30.00%) Git (software)
3 2 (20.00%) JMeter
3 2 (20.00%) WebDriver
4 1 (10.00%) JIRA
4 1 (10.00%) LoadRunner
4 1 (10.00%) MSTest
4 1 (10.00%) NUnit
4 1 (10.00%) SpecFlow
4 1 (10.00%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (10.00%) Visual Studio
General
1 6 (60.00%) Advertising
2 1 (10.00%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (60.00%) .NET
2 5 (50.00%) JSON
2 5 (50.00%) RESTful
3 4 (40.00%) .NET Core
3 4 (40.00%) XML
4 3 (30.00%) CSS
4 3 (30.00%) HTML
5 2 (20.00%) ASP.NET Web API
5 2 (20.00%) Gherkin
6 1 (10.00%) .NET Framework
6 1 (10.00%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 4 (40.00%) Mobile App
2 2 (20.00%) Client/Server
3 1 (10.00%) Fintech
3 1 (10.00%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 3 (30.00%) Android
1 3 (30.00%) Apple iOS
2 2 (20.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (70.00%) Test Automation
2 6 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (50.00%) BDD
4 4 (40.00%) OO
4 4 (40.00%) Regression Testing
4 4 (40.00%) TDD
5 3 (30.00%) Functional Testing
5 3 (30.00%) User Acceptance Testing
6 2 (20.00%) SDET
7 1 (10.00%) API Testing
7 1 (10.00%) DevOps
7 1 (10.00%) E-Commerce
7 1 (10.00%) Load Testing
7 1 (10.00%) Non-Functional Testing
7 1 (10.00%) Open Source
7 1 (10.00%) SDLC
7 1 (10.00%) Test Management
7 1 (10.00%) Test Scripting
7 1 (10.00%) Test Strategy
7 1 (10.00%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 4 (40.00%) C#
2 1 (10.00%) Java
2 1 (10.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (10.00%) ISEB
1 1 (10.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (30.00%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (10.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (30.00%) Xamarin
2 1 (10.00%) HP
2 1 (10.00%) Oracle